Pathway Education's MD may have also rigged NEET, JEE
New Delhi: Bhaskar Choudhary, the managing director of Delhi-based Pathway Education Services who was arrested on Saturday for rigging the 2019 BITS, Pilani online entrance test, may also be involved in rigging exams like the NEET UG, NEET PG, and even the JEE Advanced, through their remote desktop technology.
According to the FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation on May 22, the complainant in the case had recorded a conversation with one of Choudhary's accomplices in Ahmedabad, revealing details of the exam manipulation nexus.
In the covertly recorded conversation, Choudhary's accomplice and owner of Disha Education in Ahmedabad, Ketan Barot, had allegedly said that their "real work" lies in rigging exams like NEET UG, NEET PG, and even the JEE Advanced. Barot also mentioned that they charge somewhere between Rs 80-90 lakh per applicant for rigging the NEET PG and up to Rs 2- 2.5 crore per applicant for helping them clear the JEE Advanced test.
During the conversation, Barot also allegedly boasted to the complainant, saying that manipulating entrance examinations for these institutes "is a small matter" for them and that their "real work" lies in rigging exams like NEET UG, NEET PG, and JEE
Further, Barot also mentions how easy it is for them to manipulate the BITS, Pilani online entrance test also known as the BITSAT.
He allegedly said that exam centre owners in Ahmedabad and Vadodara were also in on the scheme and that they had cyber experts who had designed a way to help applicants through a remote desktop technology.
Barot is also heard explaining that while the applicant appears for the exam at the centre, "expert scholars" would access their computers from a remote location and then answer on behalf of them.
He had also allegedly told the complainant that they would be able to tell him the exact score of his daughter if he chose to pay for the service, for which he had demanded Rs 10 lakh.
The CBI on Saturday arrested six key members, part of the organised operation and carried out searches in Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Vadodara, seizing Rs 33 lakh in cash, several blank signed cheques, and other incriminating documents.